26 Jul 2013

Carved pou unveiled in dawn ceremony in Hastings

9:02 am on 26 July 2013

Eighteen Maori carved posts have been unveiled in Hastings on Friday morning.

The cluster of pou (posts) has been erected in the city's civic square and together form a cluster to signify Matariki (Maori New Year).

Each pou represents a tipuna (ancestor) and was sculpted by carvers chosen by each marae.

One of the carvers, Takirirangi Smith, says it's quite an achievement for 14 or so hapu and the Hastings District Council to collaborate on the project.

Project facilitator Tama Huata says the city feature is an opportunity for the hapu to share their history and stories with the community.